Our mission

Modern Sanctuary is an online publication that values and celebrates the meaningful and joyful things in life. We are a community where you can take time out out of your busy day to enjoy curated inspirational content on home design and entertaining including tips from the pros.

We believe it is vital to cultivate your own Modern Sanctuary – a life and space that brings you joy, peace and comfort.

Our mission is to inspire and support you to “Nurture Your Space. Your Life. Your Soul.”

Sanctuary Seekers

That’s you! Thank you so much for being a part of our community of Sanctuary Seekers. Explore our galleries and start gathering inspiration and ideas to help nurture your own space and life. And make sure to sign up for our newsletter to get updates on our most recent home design and entertaining features emailed directly to you.

Meet the team

Caitlin Diggles

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Caitlin's had a passion for design for as long as she can remember. Her strong, intuitive eye, enthusiasm and attention to detail is the driving force behind Modern Sanctuary. She is invested in providing inspiration to our readers and featuring designers in a thoughtful, beautiful and professional way. With a background in online marketing and design, overseeing an online publication like Modern Sanctuary is a dream come true. Caitlin is a Maine girl through and through (the ocean is always calling her name). When she's not at her computer, you will find her outdoors and enjoying all that the beautiful state of Maine has to offer with her husband, Theron, and their rescue dog, Finn.

Caitlin's Modern Sanctuary? Her living room! It's their gathering place, whether she's relaxing with her husband and their dog, or enjoying the company of friends and family - it's the space in her home that brings her the most joy, comfort, and peace. It also houses some of Caitlin's favorite things from family heirlooms, personal artwork, their best vintage craigslist furniture finds, and photos of their travels together. The base palette is light and neutral, which allows for Caitlin's eclectic mix of furniture, textiles, and artwork to take center stage. A space that lends itself to gathering comfortably with the people she loves is Caitlin's Modern Sanctuary.

Cynthia Baxter

Co-Founder & Vice-President

Art collector, hostess with the mostest, interior design enthusiast, expert vignette stylist, dog-lover, and voracious reader, are only a few ways to describe Cynthia. With over 25 years in business and human resources, Cynthia brings her extensive people, leadership, and business development skills to Modern Sanctuary along with her life-long passion for design. She believes it is important to surround yourself with what you love and to make people feel warm and welcome when they come to your home. Cynthia has a sincere knack for making you feel like the most special person in the room.

Cynthia's Modern Sanctuary? Her bedroom! It is painted in a calm, warm Crème de Caramel​. There is a comfy bed (with lots of pillows) where she loves to spend Sunday mornings with her husband drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. She has a beautiful, old, worn leather chair that is the perfect place to curl up with a good book (which she does often - did we mention she was a voracious reader?). The windows open to her backyard which is full of very tall pine trees - it feels like waking up in a treehouse cocooned by foliage. Last, but certainly not least, she finally has a closet that can store all of her shoes - and what girl wouldn't want that!

Meghan Murphy

Social Media Coordinator

Meghan Murphy Social Media Coordinator

Meghan is our resident Social Media Coordinator - keeping our community of Sanctuary Seekers in the loop with our new weekly design features. She was born and raised in Maine and loves all New England sports - especially the Red Sox. She spends a lot of her time outdoors (hiking and at the beach), with her golden doodle, and traveling. She credits her passion for design to her traveling experiences - where she has soaked up what different cultures have to offer.

Meghan's Modern Sanctuary? Her backyard! She loves to work with her mom in the garden and relax with her family and friends.

Words to Live By

  • "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

    Maya Angelou
  • “Interiors aren't spaces, they're experiences. They should make you feel something; make you want to work there, eat there, sleep there, be seen there.”

    Jamie Krywicki Wilson
  • “ Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love. ”

    Nate Berkus
  • “A house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually.”

    John Saladino
  • “An interior is the natural projection of the soul.”

    Coco Chanel
  • "May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility."

    Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey
  • "Space is the breath of art."

    Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “Architecture is the bones, decor is the heart, and art is the soul of a room.”

    Terri Lind Davis
  • "Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. Choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting, and joyful."

    Ralph Marston
  • "I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

    Audrey Hepburn